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Bits & Pieces: New 'Live Wire! Radio'

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The new version of the stage/radio variety show kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at its new location — Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. — and with its new weekly format.

The show, hosted by Luke Burbank, has previously been staged at the Alberta Rose Theatre and Revolution Hall, as well as Aladdin Theater on special occasions.

“Live Wire!” had been bimonthly for its first 12 years.

Through its affiliation with distributor Public Radio International, “Live Wire!” reaches 100,000 people per show via 69 radio stations, and podcast listenership has increased 60 percent.

Shows take place each Wednesday. The first show features actor Stephen

Tobolowsky, baseball umpire Dale Scott, Jewish reggae superstar Matisyahu and more.

Tickets and information are available at www.livewireradio.org.

Ellis help

Musicians have come together to help one of their own, Tim Ellis, a producer and recording artist, owner of Kung Fu Bakery Recording studio and a regular sidekick with rock violinist Aaron Meyer.

He was diagnosed with an advanced form of melanoma in December. Friends staged a benefit concert on Monday, with money raised to help

Ellis with medical care through ticket sales, donations, auction proceeds and a GoFundMe site.

For more info, see the “Friends of Tim Ellis” page on www.gofundme.com, www.aaronmeyer.com and Meyer’s page on Facebook.

Bowie tribute

The folks at Storm Entertainment (formerly Bluewater Comics), have done some cool comic books through the years, and its latest will surely get some attention.

Fans are still mourning the passing of David Bowie, and Storm has produced the tribute comic book biography “Tribute: David Bowie,” which follows the artist’s innovative career.

It’s written by Mike Lynch and Michael L. Frizell, with art by George Amaru and Vincenzo Sansone. It builds off the previously published “Fame: David Bowie,” exploring his transformation from the iconic Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to pre-punk Berliner to The Thin White Duke, and his role as Goblin King in the 1986 movie “Labyrinth.”

“Bowie should not be remembered for his multiple personas, but rather for his desire to push musical and artistic boundaries,” Frizell says in a news release. “He was on the forefront of so many musical movements — psychedelic, glam, Krautrock, funk, grunge and his latest post-modern masterpiece and farewell gift, ‘Blackstar.’”

Print copies are available at www.ComicFleaMarket.com, and it can be purchased through Kindle and other locations.

Winter fun

Red Bull Schlittentag, in which groups of college students build themed contraptions to race down the slopes and over jumps at Mt. Hood Skibowl, returns on Saturday, March 26. Applications for teams are due Feb. 26 at www.redbullschlittentag.com.

O’Brady update

Portland’s Colin O’Brady, who’s trying to conquer the Explorers Grand Slam, climbing highest peaks on seven continents and skiing to the North and South poles in less than six months, changed his itinerary and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa recently for his fourth accomplishment (after Aconcagua in South America and the South Pole and Mount Vinson on Antarctica).

For more: www.beyond72.com, and you can follow him on Twitter.